Randy and Josiah came home from school shortly after my online Prayer Bible Study ended last night.
My husband kissed me ... maybe before or after he turned the TV on to FOX to watch election results.
I quickly asked about how his class went (he’s teaching two nights a week) and got the run down. Then I told him, with love, that I was going to take one of my research books and go to our room and study as I did not want to watch the election comments.
He was a little confused as he knows my heart, special prayer time and declarations i have been purposeful in speaking authority into for this election.
Some times he totally surprises me as he offered to turn them off.
I told him that it was fine if he wanted to watch them. I would grab my Peace and Calm oil and Calm CBD roll-on (yes it’s a double the calm support night as my legacy’s future life is greatly impacted by today’s outcome.) put my Wholetones music on via headphones and do some research study.
He still had that confused, questioning look. I further explained that I was standing on my faith and beliefs and listening to the speculations and all the hype robbed my energy, my peace and quite honestly opened me up to doubts and what if’s ... which is my faith and belief under attack by the enemy. Thus I had to purposefully shut out the “world hype and speculation” to keep my solid faith stance and proclamations of belief.
Are there things in your life that are filling your ear, impacting your thoughts and decaying your faith and belief?
What do you go to stay strong?
Please share your insights below.
I adore how every day life brings insight and inspiration to encourage and feed us to keep us moving onward and upward.
In my journey of doing my best to make wise, Christ led decisions on how, what and who to share and spend my energy and resources with so that I live a life filled blessings and not regrets ... I do my best to be sensitive to the world around me.
Yet even with my intent purpose I still find myself getting so focused or distracted by things that I miss the blessing, the beauty or the miracle of the moment.
I ponder that I, with my purposes intent to be aware, still miss so much either because I’m choosing not to see or because I’m feeling not worthy to receive so much blessing.
Imagine what one, who is so focused on the grindstone of the World that they don’t even disconnect from technology while walking briefly in the outdoors to their vehicle from their residence or office ... misses out on.
I shudder and ask forgiveness and have to purposefully give myself forgiveness for my days of lost identity when I worked in the corporate world starting my day in my office while it was dark outside and ending my day while it was again dark outside and start the same routine a few hours later the next day.
Yes I was helping and serving people with providing and caring for their needs ... but I was not always providing them with fresh “living water” that is most important.
It’s impossible to share with others what you are not continually filling yourself with.
You can truly only give and serve others with what you have in abundant overflow in your life.
If you don’t have a constant inner spring refilling your Living water then your well will run dry and there will be no Joy springing forth from your inner being. There will be no love or compassion overflowing to embrace and blessing others with.
I purposefully choose this day:
To seek His leading in my focus and steps of the day.
To ground myself in creation and soak up the energy and encouragement of the beauty surrounding me.
To initially look for and see what was created to provide my needs and fulfill my delights.
PONDER POINT CHALLENGE:
What are you choosing to fill and spend your gift of today’s 24 hours or 1,440 minutes on?
Do you like what you are harvesting from the time you were given to invest and spend?
I adore hearing your testimonies and aha moment stories.
This morning I am anointing myself with Valor and Magnify Your Purpose essential oil to strengthen, empower and help me focus in on this weeks events and challenges that I am proclaiming I have Won in advance.
Yesterday I was weary.
Yesterday I was seeing 100% effort -100% positive result.
Yesterday I was a breathe away from being done.
I anointed myself with Frankincense.
My wise son encouraged me to go to the creek, take off my shoes and ground myself physically but most importantly Spiritually. (He knows what he sees works for me.)
And then today I get this post from my friend I met while in Ohio last year:
It was the day I almost quit.
Because in that season I was carrying around more loneliness than anyone knew.
Because in that season I was experiencing more heartbreak than most realized.
And I had almost forgotten.
The paper nearly popped to the surface among the others on a cold fall morning in late October. The paper that had well documented - the day I almost quit.
The date was November 13, 2013.
And I had found myself frustrated with God.
Questioning His plan.
Contemplating my purpose.
Doubting my effectiveness.
Challenging my call.
I remember the day it happened.
Moreover I remember the night before.
It was a bible study I was leading at the time.
And everything about that night made me feel like a failure.
And one heartbreaking personal attack.
And I remember returning home in a tearful demeanor.
Riddled with weariness, sadness, resentment, and discouragement I was throwing in the towel.
I’d say it when my head hit the pillow, “Tomorrow… I quit.”
Because sometimes the assignment is too difficult. And the burden seems unworthy of effort.
And then the morning came.
Ahh, yes, always the morning.
I’d find myself making bread for my family.
And in an attempt to remedy by soul fatigue, I’d listen to a podcast while working.
It seemed random at first.
But now I see that nothing is random in the Kingdom of God.
The message was being given by a young pastor. Younger than me. And much wiser.
The story was Joshua. The warrior leader who was given charge over Israelite management, and would see to it that victory was achieved.
The story was familiar.
The walls of Jericho and the takeover of an entire city.
But the commission was odd.
Joshua was to lead his men around the walls once a day for 6 days.
Walking around the wall. Just… walking.
No swords. No shields. No fighting. Just… walking.
Then on the 7th day, seven times.
And victory of takeover was promised.
It was strange request for militant men.
But Joshua obeyed.
And you could imagine these men and their doubt.
“Are you SURE you heard the Lord correctly Joshua?”
“This doesn’t seem legit!”
“We’re soldiers, you know that, right?”
And when day 6 was closing up you can assume their frustration set in.
“I can’t do this anymore.”
“This is crazy!”
“Tomorrow… I quit!”
But it wasn’t to be.
Because God - had a better plan.
He always does.
And that plan requires our obedience to be fulfilled.
And we know what happens.
Day 7 comes. And victory is the outcome.
But it might not have happened if they had stopped on 6.
The promise missed if they hadn’t obeyed, “Don’t stop on 6.”
I would hear the words on the November day 7 years ago and run immediately to the workbook I had been working through with my bible study class. In almost a franticness I would look to recall the chapter of that study we were in. YEP! Just as I thought. Week 6!
And it would have been week 7 that I would announced my retirement.
I might have stopped on 6.
But God - had a better plan.
He always does.
But that plan required my obedience to be fulfilled.
I can’t stop now!!!
I’d almost scream it with excitement in an empty house on a Friday morning.
“I can’t stop now!”
So I ask you the same questions I wrestled with God to the ground about then,
“Will you do God’s will even when it’s not working? Even when it’s hard?”
Because the truth is that we’ve gotta take the lap… make the turn… even when nothing moves. Even when the promise looks unfulfilled… even if. Even IF. EVEN if. Because He IS good and His plan IS better than anything I could imagine for myself.
God is telling you the same thing.
Before you quit!
Remember… Recall… Repeat.
Even when it’s hard.
Even when it’s lonely.
Even when it doesn’t make sense.
Even when it doesn’t feel good.
Even when it’s not popular.
Even when it’s all uphill.
Even when other’s don’t go with you.
Don’t stop short of the promise of God in YOUR life.
Don’t quit now!
There’s so much better ahead for obedient, faithful, God-fearing people.
The best… is yet to come!!!
- Wendy Bender, 2020
What have you quit or almost quit in journey?
I am re-focusing on our nutritional input. Told my husband, Randy Wendt, we needed to focus on adding more fruits and veggies to our daily eats and less meat.
Got the 😳 response then he said ... with a big 😁 ... he would definitely be willing to drink an extra or even two! of our yummy packet of fruits and veggies antioxidant “cover all the nutrient needs you might not get In your food today” drink.
He even added as a reminder ... like I needed it but I’m glad he’s knows ... that it also helps with his extra protein his body type needs to maintain health. (Got to 💜 this man that proves he does listen to me when I’m teaching.)
I laughed and told him I was thinking the farmers market type of food shift but am totally on board with the increase in what I call my "miracle juice".
My friend Heather DeJong posted this picture today and I’m like ... this, THIS will make my husband Randy Wendt very happy to consume as part of his plant food nutrients!
He is my major chocolate adorer! He even puts chocolate almond milk with his chocolate protein drink. 😛 Yummy to him but too chocolate for me! 😎
What are you doing to support the season change?